THE JUNCKERS CARBON CALCULATOR
At Junckers we actively promote sustainable building. Our Carbon Calculator provides a method for choosing the most environmentally friendly flooring solution for net zero carbon building design.
The Junckers Carbon Calculator Tool is a quick and simple way to compare the global warming potential (GWP) and embodied carbon levels of a number of commonly specified floor types. When you use the tool you may see that some flooring products cause an increase in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, but others will actually reduce it. Those that reduce it we call Carbon Negative.
Results from the Carbon Calculator clearly show how influential your choice can be.
THE DRIVE FOR NET ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS IS STRONG
Globally the UN Intergovernmental Panel on climate change and the Paris Agreement aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030. Such initiatives requires architects, contractors, self-builders as well as private customers to specify products with low embodied carbon.
To assess a product’s effect upon global warming you need to know the product’s global warming potential (GWP). This is achieved by measuring all greenhouse gases in the material, including carbon dioxide, and expressing this as a “carbon dioxide equivalent”, CO2e. The greenhouse gases that are generated by extracting, transporting and processing of raw materials, and manufacturing the finished product are used to calculate the product’s GWP, and this is included in the product’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
The Junckers carbon calculator uses publicly available data and draws a simple picture of which materials we can use with no or little worry and those we should leave out if we want to build a greener world.
HOW DID WE WORK IT OUT?
We hope you will find our carbon footprint calculator useful. In the following section you can read more information about it. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please reach out to us.
WHY DO SOME PRODUCTS HAVE A NEGATIVE CO2/M2 (GWP) VALUE add
Products based on natural raw materials such as wood are made by photosynthesis, which is based on 3 very simple building blocks: water from the earth (H2O), carbon dioxide from the air (CO2) and light from the sun. Therefore, no ordinary energy is used to grow a tree.
At the same time, wood absorbs CO2, i.e. removes CO2 from the atmosphere, and although greenhouse gas emissions must be added for wood cutting, transportation to the factory and production processes, a finished product, considered from cradle to gate, can in some cases remove more CO2 from the air than it emits. This means that the CO2 value will be negative.
MORE REASONS WHY SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
Even though Junckers has always been ahead of its time in caring for the environment, having the right company policies and practices is not enough. We recognise the need to provide independent evidence to clients and designers. We have achieved independent accreditation by a number of international schemes including FSC®, PEFC™ and ISO 14001. We have also had independent product testing carried out for VOCs and our products' effect on indoor environment under CDPH standards and the Danish Indoor Climate Label scheme and have completed EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) for our floors. These certificates are an important tool for designers who are designing buildings to the high environmental standards required under BREEAM, LEED, WELL and DGNB schemes.